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Qatar followers rally behind group forward of second match | Qatar World Cup 2022 Information – EAST AUTO NEWS

Qatar followers rally behind group forward of second match | Qatar World Cup 2022 Information


Doha, Qatar – As Qatar prepares for a must-win second match of the World Cup on dwelling soil, the Al Annabi followers are rallying behind the group with hopes and expectations.

Qatar opened the match with a 2-0 defeat towards Ecuador on Sunday. They now face Senegal in its second match of Group A on Friday.

A loss on Friday will put Qatar out of the working for a spot within the spherical of 16. Nonetheless, regardless of the duty readily available, followers have come out in assist of the house group.

“We don’t need to convey them below any stress that they have to win, we simply need them to have an excellent sport,” Ali Ghanem, a teenage fan of the house group, instructed Al Jazeera.

Qatar, one of many lowest-ranked groups within the match, is making its World Cup debut by advantage of being the host.

Regardless of being the present Asian champions and having improved their rankings in the previous few years, Al Annabi have been unable to deal with the stress the match brings.

Whereas captain Hassan Al-Haydos, Akram Afif, Saad Al-Sheeb and Almoez Ali could also be family names within the Gulf state, none of them has performed membership soccer exterior Qatar and are comparatively unknown to the surface world.

In response to Amine, a Tunisian fan, having the world’s eyes on them for the primary time made the group nervous.

“It was a historic second for them. Now, with the primary match gone, Qatari folks ought to let the group go and revel in themselves as a substitute of anticipating them to win,” he stated.

Qatar’s Homam Ahmed in motion within the opening match towards Ecuador [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Ismaeel Mohammad, a Qatari group member, referred to as on the followers to get behind the group.

“Our group wants its followers now greater than ever,” he stated throughout a information convention on the eve of the match.

Followers duly obliged and turned out to assist their group in Doha’s Musheireb space on Thursday night. They walked all the way down to the Al Annabi Village, a fan zone for Qatar’s supporters at Musheireb, with their maroon and white Qatar flags.

Massive video screens on the fan zone confirmed the group’s achievements on the Asian Cup and the Arab Cup as followers sang alongside to fashionable songs.

Qatar’s coach Felix Sanchez admitted his group crumbled below stress towards Ecuador.

“We hope that now we’re free from all this stress that we had within the opening match,” he instructed reporters on Thursday.

“I hope we are able to compete and present that we may be extra aggressive than the opposite day, no matter what’s the consequence.”

If Qatar fails to win, it is going to change into solely the second host nation after South Africa (2010) to crash out on the first hurdle.

The group stated it is going to attempt to take inspiration from Saudi Arabia, which beat Argentina 2-1 of their opening match in addition to the opposite Arab groups who’ve accomplished properly within the match.

Sonia Nemmas, a Jordanian mom of three football-mad women, stated her household has at all times supported Qatar and has excessive hopes for the group.

“In the event that they handle to get at the very least one win and one draw from the remaining two matches, we should [have] a miracle,” she stated.

Nemmas thinks Akram Afif and AbdelKarim Hassan would be the stand-out gamers for Qatar.

“Even when they handle to return away from the group stage with some extent, we shall be pleased.”

Qatar followers rally behind group forward of second match | Qatar World Cup 2022 Information – EAST AUTO NEWS
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